Mary Harper at Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival14 May 2019 – 14.00 - 15.00
The East African group Al Shabaab is one of the century’s most successful violent jihadist movements. It has defied efforts to destroy it, including US drone attacks and an African Union force.
But what lies behind the headlines and bloodshed? Who are Al Shabaab and why do people join? How do they govern, educate and indoctrinate?
Reporting on Somalia for twenty-five years, Mary Harper has gained extraordinary access to members of Al Shabaab—and, disturbingly, they in turn have access to her. She will be discussing her experiences with Edward Paice, director of the Africa Research Institute, and the author of Tip & Run – The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa.